Positive Divorce Resolution Course for Florida Parents

Positive Divorce Resolution Course for Parents

Positive Divorce Resolution Course for Florida Parents

The state of Florida requires that parents with minor children who are getting divorced (or who are going through a paternity case that involves issues of parental responsibility) attend a seminar specifically designed to help them make healthy choices regarding their children. The parties don’t have to attend together. (and course attendance can be excused by the court for good cause) Hopefully the parties can learn to be peaceable, especially when children, who need to get through the divorce too, are involved. .

Here’s some information from PDR (Positive Divorce Resolution) that should be helpful. It’s a 4 hour one session course and 18,000 people have taken it since 1993. (and in Broward County call Positive Parenting Through Divorce for registration information. The number is 1-954-252-9130, or email the program director, Paul Maione, Ph.D. at paul@nova.edu.)

Positive Divorce Resolution (PDR) is a course designed specifically for parents who are considering divorce or separation, or have initiated some court action involving their children. This legal action may include divorce, change of timesharing arrangements regarding minor children, modification of financial support, or any other change in a prior dissolution of marriage order. PDR is a first step toward resolving the conflict, and establishing personal and parental boundaries.

In the course, parents will explore communication patterns, goals and commitments. They will also learn new skills for negotiation and the effects of parental conflict on children. If parents do become involved with the legal system in an effort to reach a solution, PDR, or a course like it, will be required for both parents.

Benefits to parents and children include: reduced conflict, better communication, safety, increased contact between parents and children, reduced stress, teamwork, better adjustment to divorce and a more supportive environment during the stages of loss and grief. Courtrooms were never designed to solve family problems. Generally, the tools available to the legal system only make those problems worse. Parents who have skill and commitment are in the best position to help themselves and their children.

COUNTY CIRCUIT COUNTY SEAT NEAREST COURSE LOCATION
ALACHUA 8 Gainesville Gainesville (375-4399)
BAKER 8 Macclenny Macclenny, Orange Park (888-747-5362)
BAY 14 Panama City Not yet Available
BRADFORD 8 Starke Starke (888-747-5362)
BREVARD 18 Titusville Palm City (772-288-9886)
BROWARD 17 Ft. Lauderdale Positive Parenting Through Divorce (954-252-9130)
CALHOUN 14 Blountstown Not yet Available
CHARLOTTE 20 Punta Gorda Not yet Available
CITRUS 5 Inverness Chiefland (888-747-5362)
CLAY 4 Green Cove Springs Starke, Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Middleburg (888-747-5362)
COLLIER 20 Naples Not yet Available
COLUMBIA 3 Lake City Macclenny, Starke, Orange Park (888-747-5362)
DADE 11 Miami Not yet Available
DESOTO 12 Arcadia Not yet Available
DIXIE 3 Cross City Chiefland, Bronson, Trenton (888-747-5362)
DUVAL 4 Jacksonville Orange Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, Julington Creek (888-747-5362)
ESCAMBIA 1 Pensacola Not yet Available
FLAGLER 7 Bunnell Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Palatka (888-747-5362)
FRANKLIN 2 Apalachicola Not yet Available
GADSDEN 2 Quincy Not yet Available
GILCHRIST 8 Trenton Trenton (888-747-5362)
GLADES 20 Moore Haven Palm City (772-288-9886)
GULF 14 Port St. Joe Not yet Available
HAMILTON 3 Jasper Macclenny (888-747-5362)
HARDEE 10 Wauchula Not yet Available
HENDRY 20 LaBelle Not yet Available
HERNANDO 5 Brooksville Chiefland (888-747-5362)
HIGHLANDS 10 Sebring Palm City (772-288-9886)
HILLSBOROUGH 13 Tampa Not yet Available
HOLMES 14 Bonifay Not yet Available
INDIAN RIVER 19 Vero Beach Palm City (561-288-9886)
JACKSON 14 Marianna Not yet Available
JEFFERSON 2 Monticello Macclenny (888-747-5362)
LAFAYETTE 3 Mayo Chiefland, Trenton (888-747-5362)
LAKE 5 Tavares Not yet Available
LEE 20 Ft. Myers Not yet Available
LEON 2 Tallahassee Not yet Available
LEVY 8 Bronson Bronson, Chiefland, Trenton (888-747-5362)
LIBERTY 2 Bristol Not yet Available
MADISON 3 Madison Macclenny (888-747-5362)
MANATEE 12 Bradenton Not yet Available
MARION 5 Ocala Gainesville (888-747-5362)
MARTIN 19 Stuart Palm City (772-288-9886)
MONROE 16 Key West Not yet Available
NASSAU 4 Fernandina Beach Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park (888-747-5362)
OKALOOSA 1 Crestview Not yet Available
OKEECHOBEE 19 Okeechobee Palm City (772-288-9886)
ORANGE (Orlando) 9 Orlando Not yet Available
OSCEOLA 9 Kissimmee Not yet Available
PALM BEACH 15 West Palm Beach Palm City (772-288-9886)
PASCO 6 Dade City Not yet Available
PINELLAS 6 Clearwater Not yet Available
POLK 10 Bartow Not yet Available
PUTNAM 7 Palatka Palatka (888-747-5362)
SANTA ROSA 1 Milton Not yet Available
SARASOTA 12 Sarasota Not yet Available
SEMINOLE 18 Sanford Not yet Available
ST. JOHNS 7 St. Augustine St. Augustine (888-747-5362)
ST. LUCIE 19 Ft. Pierce Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce (772-465-4447)
SUMTER 5 Bushnell Not yet Available
SUWANNEE 3 Live Oak Macclenny (888-747-5362)
TAYLOR 3 Perry Macclenny (888-747-5362)
UNION 8 Lake Butler Starke, Macclenny (888-747-5362)
VOLUSIA 7 Daytona Beach St. Augustine (888-747-5362)
WAKULLA 2 Crawfordville Not yet Available
WALTON 1 DeFuniak Springs Not yet Available
WASHINGTON 14 Chipley Not yet Available

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